Poland – a medium-sized country located in Central Europe rather rarely attracts tourists, especially in the summer. Even the Poles themselves prefer to go on holiday to Croatia or Bulgaria, where the temperatures are higher and the costs of living are lower, but often they think that “the grass is greener on the other side”. Only few people know that Poland has almost 500 km of the sea border with the Baltic Sea, including the beautiful peninsula, and even a few islands! That’s why today I’ll talk about the most beautiful and most interesting Polish coastal areas.
Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia
Until 2007 Tri-City was only the common name, but today it officially defines the agglomeration consisting of three cities: Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. Passing through the harbour full of ships in Gdynia and the charming old town in Gdansk you can reach the sandy beaches of Sopot, where is Europe’s longest wooden pier, which separates four-kilometer beach exactly in a half. Although, unfortunately, its construction caused the disruption of the natural sand movement, and therefore the dunes were formed, reducing the width of the beach even up to 15 meters, the Sopot beach didn’t lose its charm. Once you get tired of sunbathing, in the Tri-City, with nearly 800 thousand inhabitants, you won’t run out of entertainment. Discos, bars and clubs are open all night!
Moving along the coast to the north of the Tri-City you will pass a wide variety of more or less interesting beaches: Babie Doly, Rewa, Puck and more… until you reach the Hel Peninsula. From the aerial view, the peninsula shaped by the ocean flows resembles a scythe. In fact, it’s 35 km long forested dune, which has road infrastructure and railway, built before the war. It leads to the very end of the peninsula, where the town of Hel is located. The city has only 4,000 inhabitants, but there is nothing to complain about the attractions. The beach is clean and calm, and in the evening you can go to the restaurant to eat freshly caught fish. Just remember to dress properly, because the temperature on the peninsula is always a few degrees lower and there always blows a cold Baltic wind.
Wolin and Usedom
Not many people know that Poland has islands. There are even few of them, but the most important are Wolin and Usedom on the Polish-German border. The beach on the islands is 10 kilometers long (4 km on Usedom and 6 km on Wolin). Exactly between them there is a harbour town called Swinoujscie. In the summer you can even swim in the beautiful Pomeranian Bay at the mouth of the river Swina, and to move from one island to another you can get a free ferry. In the evening take a walk along the seaside promenade to see the historic lighthouse and have a look at the old fort town, where the interesting Museum of Coastal Defence is located.